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Magnitude 7.0 offshore quake rattles El Salvador

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A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador on Thursday.

(U.S. Geological Survey)

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake occurred off El Salvador’s Pacific coast Thursday, but the country’s civil defense agency said there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

Lina Pohl, the country’s environment minister, said there was a tsunami alert. She said that waves 6 feet high might hit the coast.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 12:43 p.m. local time quake was about 92 miles south-southwest of the port of El Triunfo, El Salvador.

El Triunfo is located about 50 miles southeast of San Salvador, the capital.

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11:50 a.m.: This article was updated with a tsunami alert.

This article was originally published at 11:25 a.m.


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